We wanted a Thanksgiving craft that we could make with our 15 month old, but our baby girl is a very mouthy baby - she eats everything, so it's made crafting with her much more of a challenge. To get around this we decided to substitute pudding for paint for this cute turkey craft. The final turkey doesn't last very long (it is made of pudding after all), but it's the process of making the craft that is the most fun. We did this as a family, with both our 15 month old and 5 year old at the same time and it was a blast. Sometimes the craft is less about what you make and more about the time you spend together making it. So roll up your sleeves (or in the case of the baby, put them in just a diaper and their highchair), smear some pudding before adding the turkey features and don't forget to laugh! **As always, please supervise any and all parts of a craft done with small children. Our older daughter finished the baby's turkey craft by adding the smaller pieces to the pudding smear. Do not give your small child anything that could be considered a choking hazard!!

What you'll need:

  • Chocolate pudding
  • Thick cardboard or posterboard
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (optional)
How to make your Pudding Turkey Craft:
  1. Cut some feathers out of construction paper before getting the children ready to craft. Also cut out some beaks, feet and waddles to use.
  2. Scoop some pudding onto the paper and encourage your child to smoosh it around.
  3. If working with a young child be sure to put out some adjectives for what they are experiencing (ie: the pudding is squishy, the pudding is cold, etc.). As soon as they lose interest in the process, stop and switch to the next part.
  4. Have your child put feathers on the pudding.
  5. Add eyes, feet, a beak and waddle to your finished turkey.
  6. Take a picture to show off later and then dispose of your turkey.
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